Placing the Conquest Hospital in special measures may hasten plans for devolving key care services into the community, perhaps to Rye's hospital (shown above) bringing benefits to local residents. Some of the Conquest's problems are common across the Health Service. So is local "hospital bashing" the way to tackle national problems like growing demand, an ageing population, staff shortages and council care cuts?
The last time Rye's Town Council set out to co-opt a councillor, it was because of a row over whether the flag (in the photo above) should fly at half mast after former Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher died. Former town councillor Mary Smith comments on how the co-option process should be as public as possible, and on what else the council can and must do. Local government is an expensive mess and poor old Rye, with its decaying infrastructure, bumps along at the bottom of this mess, she says. Major change may not come soon, but there are things the council can do now.
The new cycleway in Harbour Road is now complete, and the opening was rightfully celebrated after such a long wait. But how safe is the road for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians? The latest section of cycleway is on an abrupt bend at the end of a long, unlit road which has seen a recent accident caused by high speed - and which leads on to a narrow bridge. Was it safer with traffic lights while the cycleway was being built ? Views vary